Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction
We Are Volsung
Before Turbonegro, long before Viking Skull, there was Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction, kicking ass, taking names, raping the horses and riding off on the women. Whether or not Mr. Mindwarp is a very carefully planned longterm satire, a huckster who lost the plot and started believing his own stories, or a serious, hardcore rock & roll motherfucker, there’s no denying the guy and his warped band of space pirates know how to kick out the goddamn jams. The band’s sixth LP, We Are Volsung certainly throws the horns in return for panties, blasting down Satan’s highway with beer cans, coke spoons and battleaxes held high. Cobalt Stargazer recycles every hard rock lick you’ve ever heard like they’re brand new, and Zodiac’s whiskey bent and hellbound sneer sounds as strong as it did 25 years ago. Leering, clichéd, dumb as a bag of Thor’s hammers and, above all, hooky as hard rock hell, Lucille, Stark Von Oben and Don’t Touch My Guitar may be interchangeable, but they’re also irresistible. Screw artistic merit – the world still needs a Love Reaction, and We Are Volsung gives it to us, with the tongue from its cheek down our throats.
- Michael Toland